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St. James’ Church, Ansty

St James’ Church Notices: January 2021

Latest Notice:  January 9th  2021:  After much general concern and phoning round, the Ansty PCC has voted to suspend Sunday Services at St James’ Church until further notice. The church building will only be open for private prayer as before. This is for everyone’s safety whilst the coronavirus pandemic continues to be a dangerous threat.


Due to a rapid escalation of the coronavirus pandemic, from January 4th 2021 the whole of England is under another ‘lockdown’ with the simple mantra: ‘Stay at Home , Save Lives and protect the NHS.

2020 was a year we will all remember but despite the serious threat of the ‘new’ covid-19 virus rapidly spreading amongst the population there are reasons for optimism as the vaccines come ‘on stream’.  Let’s look forward to later in the New Year; to being able to see our families and friends, to hug, sing and get together socially in our local pubs and cafes, to celebrate life’s big moments, weddings and anniversaries, and to give thanks for lives now over but never forgotten.

Last year we remember Ansty Villagers Anne Moorse, Sarah Gwinner and Bernadette Foy who were laid to rest in the churchyard this year.

All good wishes for 2021

Lesley Simm (Church Warden)

Check out this document: The Church of England website


Following the long delay caused by the Covid-19 Crisis, the Parochial Church Council of the Church of St James finally held their Annual Parochial Church Meeting followed by a Parochial Church Council Meeting and elected the following people to serve for the year 20 -21

Churchwarden:      Lesley Simm

Secretary:              Lesley Simm

Treasurer:              Jon Gooding

Verger/sidesman:  John Oldfield  

Deanery Synod Representatives:  Morwenna Brewer and Lesley Simm

Lesley Simm (Church Warden)

Footnote posted (04-01-2021). As indicated above the Government has now brought in ‘Lockdown No. 3’  starting 05-01-2021 until mid February, which once again means severely curtailing our Church activities for the time being.  (See below).   Lesley Simm
Check out this PM Commons statement

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A brief synopsis of St James’ Church, Ansty

In 1211, during the reign of King John, Walter de Turberville gave the manor of Ansty to the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.

The Knights settled in Ansty, formed a small Commandery and, with a group of local helpers, began to build the present church.

The church was completed in 1230 and dedicated to St James.

A booklet is available in the church for those who would like to have a more detailed history of the church and Ansty.


St James, Ansty is part of the South Area of the Nadder Valley Team Ministry.

Team Rector:      The Rev’d. Dr. Graham Southgate (01722 870312)

Churchwarden:    Mrs. Lesley Simm (01747 873068)

Verger:                 Mr. John Oldfield (01747 871119)

Church services are held regularly every Sunday at 11.15 am.  

The monthly pattern of services is as follows: 

  • 1st Sunday    Matins (Lay led said service)
  • 2nd Sunday   Parish Communion (Common Worship with Hymns)
  • 3rd Sunday  Parish Communion (Common Worship with Hymns)  
  • 4th Sunday    All-Age Communion (with hymns)
  • When there are five Sundays in the month, a service of Holy Communion is held in one of the South Area churches.

Evening Prayer is said in the church every Monday at 5.30 pm.

Dates (2021) for your calendar: January

PLEASE NOTE FORMAL CHURCH SERVICES ARE CANCELLED DUE TO GOVERNMENT COVID-19 LOCKDOWN 2 RESTRICTIONS OPERATING FROM 05-11-2020 – 02-12-2020. TIGHTER RESTRICTIONS WILL FOLLOW WITH WILTSHIRE BEING PUT INTO ‘TIER 2. BASIC CHURCH SERVICES WILL CONTINUE AS BEFORE LOCKDOWN 2, STILL WITH RESTRICTIONS. 

03 Jan      11.15 am Mattins

10 Jan      11.15 am Parish Communion Baptism of Christ (Revd Graham Southgate)  CANCELLED

17 Jan      11.15 am Holy Communion BCP Epiphany 2(Revd Mark Hayter)  CANCELLED

24 Jan      11.15 am Family communion Epiphany 3 (Revd Graham Southgate)  CANCELLED

31 Jan      No service at Ansty. Area Service at Fovant at 09.30 am


St James’ Church and grounds are open during the day for private prayer, or to just sit to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this ancient place: please observe social distancing.